Tue, 05 Oct 2010

Bogor (ANTARA News) - Asian experts on the application of information technology in agriculture began a four-day meeting here Monday to discuss ways of speeding up the dissemination of information technology among Asian farmers.

The experts are members of then Asian Federation for Information and Technology in Agriculture (AFITA) holding their biennial meeting in Bogor hosted by the Bagor Institute of Agriculture (IPB), an IPB spokesperson , Henny Windarti, said.

She said the 7th AFITA conference would discuss ways of expediting the application IT in developing the agricultural sector in Asian countries.

AFITA is a federation of agriculture IT professionals in Asia which holds an international meeting once every two years. Previous conferences were held in Japan (1998), Korea (2000), China (2002), Thailand (2004), India (2006) and Japan (2008).
"Indonesia now has the s honor of hosting the 7th AFITA conference through IPB," Henny said.

Apart from hosting the conference, IPB had also been elected to chair the 7th AFITA Conference`s steering committee, a job entrusted to Prof Dr Kudang Boro Seminar, the head of IPB`s Communication and Information Directorate.

"AFITA`S trust in IPB is not only an honor but it also strengthens IPB`s status as a world-class university," Henny said.

The 7th AFITA International Conference was officially opened by AFITA President Prof. Dr. Seishi Ninomiya of Japan and further presided by IPB Rector. Dr. Herry Suhardiyanto, MSc.

The 7th AFITA conference held at the IPB International Convention Center (IICC) is being participated in by tens of delegations from Asian countries, including Japan, Korea, China, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Timor Leste and also Bangladesh, Pakistan, Mongolia, Laos, Bhutan, Iran and Israel.